There’s a First Time for Everything: My First Week as THE Pink Petro Intern

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    When was the last time you did something for the first time?

    Hi there!  My name is Puja Javalagi and I am honored to announce that I am Pink Petro’s first ever intern. 

    I am a student at The Honors College at the University of Houston (go coogs!) and am on track to study petroleum engineering. I love my university and the opportunities they give me to grow and excel, and pursuing a relationship with Pink Petro was all with the hopes of making my university a better place for women wanting to be in the energy industry.

    As a student in the Cullen College of Engineering, I am surrounded by motivated students and all knowing professors from the moment I walk into the building. However, in the first few months it was clear to me that many of these people that I saw every day were men. As a woman studying in the STEM field, I was warned that this would be the case, but I was blind to it until I saw the gender gap growing as my classes got harder. This is one of the reasons I reached out to Pink Petro. I believe in our mission to help close the gender gap. I believe in our mission to connect this strong community in order to create an engaged and empowered work force. Through this internship, I make it my mission to help achieve these goals in any way that I can.

    My first day at work was nothing like I expected.

    I was all ready to go into work and start attacking any task thrown at me. Instead, I was told that I had to go back home, get dressed, and be ready to head out the door to go to a meeting and then a cocktail hour being held in town at the Women in Energy Investment Conference, put on by the very talented Lindsay Burton. This was notwhat I was prepared for. I didn’t even do my hair coming into work!

    My afternoon was spent driving back home and getting ready in a frenzy, trying to dress business professional and mostly just trying to make a good impression on my first day. However, I got a taste of the life of a busy and committed woman, a life that my boss Ms. Mehnert lives daily. She made everything look so easy and was nothing but helpful to me and everyone we met that day. I got the opportunity to hear about upcoming potential products as well as new start ups that were taking shape and got to see how having a platform for women to support other women was so crucial. The KAYO Cocktail Hour gave me the chance to see many accomplished women discussing their worries, their goals, and many of their new ventures with one another while still having fun in each other’s company.

    In this position, I get to tackle some of the challenges that some of you may have using the community.

    Katie thought to put me in this role to leverage my skills and your inputs to make this a better community for all of us.   While a lot of us young people pride ourselves on working well with technology, it can still get confusing.

    So here’s my call-out to all of you!  

    David Feldman and I will be putting together some explainer videos.  We will also be listening to your feedback about how we can make the community easier to navigate.    We’ll be pulling together a few scenarios this summer to create these videos so we can help enhance your experience.

    Well..this week has already been crazy and I can’t wait to get the ball rolling on an exciting and productive summer!